Rubén Darío Paredes

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Rubén Darío
Military leader of Panama
In office
3 March 1982 – 12 August 1983
Preceded by Florencio Flores
Succeeded by Manuel Noriega
Personal details
Born 1931 (age 85–86)

Rubén Darío Paredes del Río (born 1931) was a Panamanian army officer and the military ruler of Panama from 1982 to 1983.[1]

Colonel Paredes came to power following the coup against Colonel Florencio Flores. He was educated at the military academy in Nicaragua. Paredes' tenure asNational Guard commander was from March 1982 to August 1983. Paredes was promoted to the rank of general on March 3.[2][3] In August 1983, Paredes resigned over a dispute concerning the government's attitude towards the United States involvement in Nicaragua. He retired from the Panamanian National Guard after making a deal with Manuel Noriega that would make Paredes president. However, after his resignation, Noriega reneged on the deal and had him arrested.[4] He ran unsuccessfully as president in the 1984 election as a candidate.[5]

Paredes is retired and lives in Panama City, Panama. His uncle, Rigoberto Paredes, was a member of the National Assembly in the 1980s and was alleged to be one of Norriega's closest allies. Rigoberto hosted a talk radio show on Radio BB in Panama City. Rigoberto Paredes died in 2007.


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  2. ^ Noriega, Manuel Antonio; Eisner, Peter (1997). America's prisoner: the memoirs of Manuel Noriega. Random House. p. 108. ISBN 978-0-679-43227-2. Retrieved 28 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Domínguez, Jorge I.; Lindenberg, Marc (1997). Democratic transitions in Central America. University Press of Florida. pp. 36–. ISBN 978-0-8130-1486-9. Retrieved 28 February 2011. 
  4. ^ Butterman, Miriam (2009-11-30). Moon Living Abroad in Panama. Avalon Travel. pp. 48–. ISBN 978-1-59880-243-6. Retrieved 28 February 2011. 
  5. ^ M. Lentz, Harris (4 February 2014). Heads of States and Governments Since 1945. Routledge. p. 622. ISBN 9781134264902. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Florencio Flores
Military leader of Panama
Succeeded by
Manuel Noriega